Monday, July 10, 2006

Local Contrast Enhancement

This is a photoshop trick which I use very often to give more 'pop' to my photos. Works extremely well for all types of images.

It is very simple to perform and I have set an action on PS so it just means one keystroke to apply the effect. See an article on the technique at this link.

Unsharp mask - 20/50/0.
Consider masking the highlights first to avoid blowing them out. Ctrl-alt-~, then invert selection with slight feather. (Thanks akclimber (Joe) from FM for this additional tip).

Another tip from Joe which I am yet to try:
"Try copying your background layer and setting the blend mode to softlight or hardlight or even overlay and adjusting the opacity down a bunch"